All posts by Garrett Dash Nelson

What Would States Look Like If They Made Sense?

A new interactive web map allows you to explore a reimagined geography of the United States based on socially connected commuter megaregions generated using big data.

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Can Environmental Thinking Help Solve Gerrymandering?

Paying renewed attention to culture, history, and environment can help us confront the problem of gerrymandering and draw electoral districts that make sense.

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From Yavin’s Moon to the Pit of Carkoon: 7 Ways Space and Place Change How We Watch Star Wars

What do we notice if we watch Star Wars as a space epic?

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“Nature led the way”: The legacy of city planner John Nolen

A new biography of one of the founders of city planning in the US connects urban reform efforts from the early twentieth century with today’s environmental issues.

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Planning with the People: Jess Gilbert on the “Intended” New Deal

In an interview about his new book, “Planning Democracy,” Jess Gilbert challenges the perceived divide between experts and citizens.

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Review Essay: Taking the Long View

Two new books in history and geography remind scholars to think on the large scale—both in time and space.

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CHE Group at Flambeau Mine with Industrial Outlot in Background

Reflections on Extraction 2: Whose Risks, Whose Choices?

In a second set of reflections on “Landscapes of Extraction,” CHE members explore how communities negotiate the trade-offs of mining: private gain versus public well-being, individual enterprise versus regulatory caution, and economic necessity versus environmental risk.

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Reflections on Extraction 1: Mining the Invisible

Reflecting on “Landscapes of Extraction,” CHE members explore the challenges of remembering and preserving the buried histories of mining landscapes.

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